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Wyoming County library patrons were challenged to read 100 books over the course of the last year and nearly two dozen people took up the gauntlet. Participants were treated to a party and prize drawing Feb. 12 in the Oceana Public Library.

Wyoming County library patrons were challenged to read 100 books over the course of the last year and nearly two dozen people took up the gauntlet.

While the challenge garnered interest at all four libraries, the most enthusiasm came from the Oceana area, according to Caroline Gaddis, county library system director.

“We had a lot of people, who were already library users, who showed an interest,” she said.

Several patrons of the Hanover Library began, then the devastating flooding hit, Gaddis explained.

The extreme winter weather also played a part, added Laura Mellon, Oceana branch manager.

“We had a lot who were close to 100 books, then the weather got bad at the end,” Mellon said.

The youngest participant was nine-year-old Chloe Cook, who has been a long-time library patron, Gaddis said.

“She’s been coming for a very long time, probably years,” Gaddis noted.

The youngster read 143 books.

The 100-book challenge came from Lonnie Bailey, of Pineville, who provided $200 for the project.

During the year, staff at all four county libraries — Hanover, Mullens, Oceana, and Pineville — kept a list of books each participant checked out and read. Each time a participant returned a book, a library staff member would place his/her initials by the book. Patrons also kept their own book log.

The $200 was divided among the four library branches, providing $25 Waldenbooks Store gift cards.

Book logs were returned by the Jan. 31 deadline, with a prize drawing party scheduled Feb. 12 at the Oceana Public Library.

Each library had one drawing for a gift card, then all the names of the remaining participants were mixed in a drawing for the remainder of the gift cards.

Prize winners were Chloe Cook, Samantha Osborne, Brenda Whitt, Esther Beavers, Birchie Blankenship, Joyce Cook, Lois Stafford, and Linda Collins.

Additional prizes were also distributed during the party.

Challenge participants included Lonnie Bailey, who read 300 books.

Diane Blankenship, Linda Dilinger, and Judith Stewart each read 200 books.

Joyce Cook read 159, followed closely by Chloe Cook, with 143, and Brenda Whitt, 124.

Esther Beavers, Larry Beavers, Birchie Blankenship, Debbie Collins, Linda Collins, Donna Irick, Samantha Osborne, Lois Stafford, and Sue Toler each read 100 books.

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